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K9 Academy International


7:30 AM – 1 PM & 5 PM – 8 PM

If you would like a different time please talk to the staff and we will try to find a time that will work. Thanks!

The Very Best In Professional Dog Training in Greater Grand Rapids MI

K9 Academy International’s owner and training director Nino Islamcevic is the most-qualified professional dog trainer for all breeds available in Michigan. The training methods used at the academy were developed by Nino himself throughout his over twenty-year career, through which Nino has trained dogs for handicapped assistance, pet obedience, tracking, police K-9, personal protection, Schutzhund (which brought him to the World Championships) and more. We offer group classes for basic dog obedience, personalized and private dog training consultations, in-home consultations for dogs in the West Michigan and Grand Rapids areas, and boarding training.

We use operant conditioning training methods, with a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement. Using a reward-based approach is the first step in dog training, and the fairest way to teach a dog a new task or behavior. K9 Academy’s techniques are unique and the most advanced, and we offer ‘The Best Training for the Best Price!’


  • We had been training Oskar with other trainers since he was a puppy, but still found ourselves frustrated (at 1½ years old) with his unacceptable behaviors. Although we were quite hesitant about leaving our dog for 6 weeks of training, we now realize the importance of that intensive, uninterrupted approach to training and behavior modification. One of the neatest things for us to witness after the training was the bond that Nino created with our dog. Oskar respected him not only as a trainer, but also a friend. Now we have an obedient dog that is a joy to be around. Thank you Nino – you are truly AMAZING!

    Oscar Family
    Oskar and Zeena
  • We didn’t know much about dogs when we got our new pup and we made some common mistakes in beginning. We had trouble with house breaking, potty training, digging, not coming when called, walking on leash, chewing and manners. After our training with K9 Academy International we came to understand ‘dog language’ 100% better and our communication and training went really good. Our dog now is well behaved, has great manners and is a great joy to us.


    Pat & Rob

    Pat & Rob
  • Simply put, our dog was a mess!

    His behavior and submissive urination were so bad we were at the point that we were going to have to get rid of him. We worked with him, took him to classes with different prominent trainer,etc. Nothing was working. We called Nino, took Blu to him, and the dog we picked up 4 weeks later brought tears to my eyes. There he was sitting proud, walking calmly on leash, using door manners, it was incredible! With the help of Nino and K9 Academy International, Blu now plays great with our other dog, he listens and he is a great dog! We can now enjoy our dog Blu as a part of our family!

    Stacy Sagle

    Stacy Sagle

Doggy Day Care / Boarding
in Grand Rapids MI also available!

Our dog boarding kennel is serving Grand Rapids MI area. Each dog boarding kennel has a private 25-square-foot area, which is connected to a covered, outdoor area with 55 square feet. That’s much more space than the average dog boarding facility. There’s music for a home-like environment, and 10 acres of land for nature walks. The front dog kennel area is heated or air-conditioned according to the seasons, and the back dog kennel area is closed in during the winter and the floors are heated at our dog boarding kennel Playtimes are in our secure, fenced-in yards, or in our indoor play room if required by weather. Nino and his family live on-site, and are available for emergencies 24/7.

Highly Trained, Pure Bloodline Dogs
for Sale for Our Customers!

We have excellent quality dogs for sale available! All up to date on vaccines, health checked and temperament tested. Dogs for sale are available with or without training. Imported, domestic or hand raised by Nino Islamcevic and Vom Harisburg Kennels. We have Obedience trained dogs for sale, we have puppies for sale, puppies started in training for sale, trained family protection dogs for sale, trained companion dogs, etc. K9 Academy offers customers well-bred and highly trained dogs to enhance your security and companionship. Our family protection dogs are safe and have excellent temperaments! Most of our dogs are imported from Europe, as well as our breeding bloodlines.

Protection Dogs Available as

  • Family Protection Dogs
  • Personal Protection Dogs
  • Business Protection Dogs
  • Guard Dogs
  • Security Dog

German Shepherd Dogs Available!

k9 available

Police K-9 and security dogs available! Training available in tracking, obedience, narcotics, article search, and building search, with Handler’s Course. Maintenance for police K-9’s and problem solving, with excellent service!

  • Single Purpose K-9’s Available
  • Dual Purpose K-9’s Available
  • Green Young Dogs Available

We have some of the best K-9’s imported from Europe!
Breeding program is also imported European bloodlines!

Our Services


Obedience for All Breeds


Breeding Program


Boarding for Dogs

GSD and a baby

Protection K-9

k9 available

Police K-9 Training


Academy for Trainers


Call 800-474-7044 #57716 to purchase NuJoint Plus or order now!


We have excellent quality dogs for sale available! All up to date on vaccines, health checked and temperament tested.


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Doggy Day Care in Grand Rapids MI also available!

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Vom Harisburg Kennels

Vom Harisburg Kennels is very proud of their top-quality German Shepherd puppies. Their bloodlines are the best of any German Shepherd breeder you’ll find in the area. Nino Islamcevic has been a conscientious and professional German Shepherd breeder for almost 20 years, and chooses only stable and healthy dogs for his breeding program, providing German Shepherd puppies with sound temperaments and good health. Harisburg kennels has German Shepherd puppies for sale, as well as green or trained adult German Shepherds for sale. Our kennels are located in west Michigan, and we offer worldwide shipping and delivery services.


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K9 Academy International,LLC Google Reviews

K9 Academy International,LLC
Reviewed from Google

4.8 out of 5 stars

Jen Delaney
Jen Delaney

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

Thank you fir helping us make our dog a part of our family again! We are so happy to have him back and have the ability to communicate well with him!

Susan Merriman
Susan Merriman

5 out of 5 stars

posted 9 months ago

I have been using K9 Academy International, LLC for approximately the last eight years. I originally went to them for puppy obedience training, and then found out about their boarding services. I hate not to include my animals on our vacation, but there is a strict no animal policy. I love the fact that K9 Academy has ample playroom & wading pools when it is hot!! I have been extremely happy and satisfied with their services (like I said 8 years of repeat boarding). Great staff, friendly, VERY CLEAN and smells good when you walk through the doors. Looking for a place to keep your baby for a day or week look no further!

Well, it is a year later. We took Mac to K9 Academy this past July and I am back again for his winter Christmas visit. We refer to Mac's visits as "Puppy Camp"! Thank you Nino and staff for taking care of our baby.

Mike Stone
Mike Stone

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

After talking to Nino and his fine staff we purchased our dog Mason. I've waited to write this review until I had sometime to spend with Mason. Nino had told me Mason was a laid back dog but one not be taken lightly. Mason has been with us for a few months now and I must say we've bonded well. He's a solid dog and a real joy. I would highly recommend K9 Academy. Thanks Nino, Your a man of your word and your training is second to none. Mike Stone

Brian Caballero
Brian Caballero

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

I have a German Shepard a she has a lots of energy and need help training